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Budget Week News Roundup

Executive Director Sandra Azocar's comments made it into Edmonton Sun coverage of the new budget:

""We're going to finally start opening up the door and changing the course we were on before from a corporate culture into a vision of expanding and protecting our public health care."
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Friends of Medicare in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat News, Monday, October 22, 2012

CHARLES LEFEBVRE

clefebvre@medicinehatnews.com Twitter: @MHNLefebvre 

The public should demand answers about the increasing costs of health care in Alberta. That was the main message delivered Saturday afternoon by Friends of Medicare provincial director Sandra Azocar at Palliser Friends of Medicare’s annual general meeting.

“Alberta Health Services have become radically more politicized and less accountable than the previous system ever was,” she said. “We have a government model that’s turning into a running joke.”

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Friends of Medicare on SK MRI Privatization

True leaders learn from the mistakes of others - our friends to the East of Alberta, are heading down the slippery slope of privatization.

Executive Director Sandra Azocar travelled to Saskatchewan to share our experiences with health care privatization as the Saskatchewan Party Government prepares to privatize MRI services.

 

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Updates from a Busy Summer

 Executive Director Sandra Azocar with a group of MLAs, four from Calgary (Anam Kazim, Calgary-Glenmore; Craig Coolahan, Calgary-Klein; Graham Sucha, Calgary-Shaw; and Jamie Kleinsteuber, Calgary-Northern Hills), Edmonton-Whitemud MLA Dr. Bob Turner, and Leduc-Beaumont MLA Shaye Anderson.

Executive Director Sandra Azocar with a group of MLAs, four from Calgary (Anam Kazim, Calgary-Glenmore; Craig Coolahan, Calgary-Klein; Graham Sucha, Calgary-Shaw; and Jamie Kleinsteuber, Calgary-Northern Hills), Edmonton-Whitemud MLA Dr. Bob Turner, and Leduc-Beaumont MLA Shaye Anderson. 

Pictured below - Wildrose MLA and Health Critic Drew Barnes.

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Council of the Federation

Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Christopher Simpson, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, with members of the Canadian Health Coalition

Canadian Medical Association President, Dr. Christopher Simpson, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, with members of the Canadian Health Coalition.

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Meeting with Health Minister Sarah Hoffman

On Monday, July 20, 2015, the Board members and the staff of Friends of Medicare met with Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. The meeting was productive and insightful, with mutual respect and shared values characterizing the exchanges. 

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Moving Day! August 15

We will be moving to a new office on August 15, 2015, located at 601 - 12323 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton AB.
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An open letter on health care to Alberta''s incoming Premier Jim Prentice

Friends of Medicare congratulates Jim Prentice on winning the leadership of the Alberta PC Party and becoming the Premier-designate. The following open letter is to Mr. Prentice on the future of health care in Alberta:

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Future of health care at stake

June 02, 2014 12:00 PM
By Paul Cowley - Red Deer Advocate
 
Published: June 01, 2014
 
In a B.C. courtroom this fall, nothing less than the future of Canada’s health-care system will be at stake, says the B.C. Health Coalition.
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Alberta health care can be better, but not through lawsuits and a two-tier system

April 11, 2014 12:00 PM
The following opinion article was published in the Medicine Hat News on April 11, 2014 (available on their website here).
  
 

On April 2, Justice P. R. Jeffrey of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench rejected the claim put forward by lawyer John Carpay on behalf of Darcy Allen that prohibition on private health insurance in Alberta infringes on Mr. Allen’s Charter Rights.

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